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Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Multicultural Miami
APRIL 2021
Welcome to our monthly GMCVB Multicultural Tourism and Development e-newsletter! This newsletter consists of GMCVB collaborations, business relief efforts and resources available on a local and national level. In addition, it contains past department activities and upcoming in-person and virtual events in Greater Miami and The Beaches. 
What's New
GMCVB Response to Asian American Violence
Throughout the United States there have been more reported cases recently of racial related incidents and violence targeting individuals of Asian descent. The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau condemns discrimination, racism, and violence against our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) colleagues, industry partners, visitors and community members near and far.  As an organization we are committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the tourism and hospitality industry which includes addressing issues that affect our community and working to eradicate discrimination.  As a destination that is known for multiculturalism and heritage as a key tourism driver, we stand in support of the Asian American community and the quest to stop Asian Hate. For ways to show support and local resources visit the Asian American Advisory Board of Miami Dade (AAAB) or to report a crime call Miami-Dade State Attorney Office Hate Crimes Hotline (786) 687-2566 or 911. 
Celebrate Diversity Month
April is Celebrate Diversity Month which started in 2004 to recognize and elevate attributes that make each one of us unique and also celebrate similarities. By celebrating diversity, the goal is that people will get a deeper understanding of each other and well is be more engaged in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.  This month and throughout the year, it is always important to acknowledge the beautiful tapestry of our cultures, backgrounds and rich traditions.  The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau celebrates the diversity by working to develop tourism focused efforts to be inclusive of the multicultural greatness that Miami offers to the local hospitality industry. From a national standpoint the GMCVB has committed through Destination International’s CEO Pledge by the commitment of our President, William D. Talbert, III, CDME to cultivate DEI best practices in all that we do regarding marketing, programming, sales and workforce development.  To see the CEO pledge info visit Equity, Diversity & Inclusion CEO Pledge | Destinations International.   To learn more about ways to Celebrate Diversity Month visit CSRWire - How to Celebrate Diversity Month at Home During COViD-19.
The GMCVB's Miami Attraction & Museum Months
The GMCVB makes adventure, history and culture more accessible than ever with Miami Attraction & Museum Months. The two-month long program invites visitors and those vacationing in their backyard to explore the destination’s hot spots and hidden gems, offering special discounts, events and BOGO deals from April 1 through May 31. There are over 35 participating partners. Click here for a complete list of offerings and program details. Click here for more information on Miami Temptations.
Miami’s newest Murals are showcased in Miami Beach and Little Havana
A celebration of some of Miami’s iconic figures are represented through mural Art.  In late March the Washington Avenue Business Improvement District unveiled a stunning new mural by Ignacio Marino Larrique, which showcases celebrities with ties to Miami Beach.  The highlight included Muhammad Ali, Jackie Gleason, Jayne Mansfield, Gianni Versace and Prince.  This mural is located at 1543 Washington Avenue and is the first mural on this main thoroughfare. On April 5th in Little Havana, a celebration paying homage to the late and great songbird Celia Cruz was captured on the building at 1356 SW 8th Street near Óptica López.  The mural created by Miss Lushy, captures Celia's smile while in front of a microphone.  Both murals are welcome additions which showcase the art, culture and history of Miami Dade. 
The GMCVB Partners with the Hungry Black Man to Highlight Miami Beach Black Owned Restaurants
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has an ongoing focus to showcase and promote Miami’s multicultural heritage, arts and culture. Supporting diverse businesses and connecting the dots to the hospitality industry is a main objective of the GMCVB’s Multicultural Tourism & Development Department.  The MTDD recently partnered with the Hungry Black Man which is a locally owned national media company focusing on elevating Black and minority owned eateries to create a promotional video highlighting five Black owned Miami Beach restaurants. The video features Simply Good Pizza, Fat Ronnie’s Burger Bar, Bar One Miami Beach, C-Food Shack and Blue Paris Bakery & Bistro. The video will be added to the Miami and Beaches website as well as circulated through other marketing outlets.  Click here to view the video.
Art of Black Miami
Art of Black Miami Podcast
As part of a continuation of year-round programming that showcases the diversity of visual arts celebrating the black diaspora, Art of Black Miami will feature a podcast series highlighting Miami-based artists. Beginning April 19th the monthly podcast will introduce one artist as they share their experiences and artistic expression influenced by Miami’s cultural landscape.  The Art of Black Miami Podcast will introduce the stories of emerging and experienced artists who make Miami an exciting place to live and visit.
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Festivals and Events
Miami-Dade County's Emergency Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Available in District 5 & 7
The Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program offers funding opportunities for small owned and operated businesses to purchase equipment, supplies, advertising/marketing, inventory, building liability insurance, security systems and to make minor renovations. Click here to learn more.
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Community Highlights
Fundraiser! MUCE Open-Air Market
MUCE EDUCATES our sister non-profit, is co-hosting the MUCE Open-Air Market as a collaborative fundraiser with our community partners.  Get out for some fresh air and support local vendors & performers at the MUCE Fundraiser Open Air Market.  Help raise funds while you have FUN as we bring you an eclectic and artistic experience from our collaborative partners. It will be a day filled with culture, conversation, and delicious vibes!  MUCE Special Open Air Market Day on Sunday, April 11th.
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Conventions, Leisure & and Travel
GMCVB Tourism Business Enhancement Presents: Doing Business Online E-Commerce Masterclass
Join us for this interactive master class led by industry experts on April 15th from 9am-1pm as they guide us through a deep dive session for entrepreneurs seeking to launch and or scale online. Applying in-depth best practices and by step by instructions, participating small businesses will be tooled with necessary training to grow their businesses as well as create an additional source of revenue stream.
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Bacardi Jewel Box Building
Thought Leadership In Hospitality: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Join our Hospitality Industry leaders in discovering Thought Leadership practices being mindful of Inclusion and Equitable solutions. Whether you're a hotel professional, restaurant owner, educator, student and others in the hospitality space, this conference information from our guest speakers and panelists will bring you current on trends and a predicted industry forecast. Register here for the April 22nd event hosted by the Miami Dade College Hospitality Center.
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Conventions, Leisure & and Travel
Hispanicize Latina Lifestlye
Hispanicize Latina Lifestyle special edition represents the largest virtual gathering of Latina influencers, celebrities, community leaders, entrepreneurs and others. The FREE half-day virtual event will take place on Wednesday, April 21st  from 9am – 12pm PST / 12pm – 3pm EST.
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Downtown Bayfront
Plantados - The #1 Hit of Miami Dade College’s 38th Miami Film Festival!
In theaters now, a must watch!  The film depicts the horrors of political imprisonment in Cuba and recounts the most horrible tortures that these men "Plantados" preferred to suffer before negotiating with the Castro regime. Ramon, an ex-political prisoner now in Miami, encounters Mauricio, one of the cruelest prison guards he remembers from being incarcerated in Cuba. Ramon coordinates with two sons of other political prisoners to sequester Mauricio and force him to face a moral judgement. The protagonists will have to choose between revenge and justice.
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Miami Arts & Heritage Months
The GMCVB is showcasing amazing museums working to make visiting Miami a safe and enjoyable experience, along with testimonials from their guests. Click here to view this week's feature from The Historic Black Police Precinct Courthouse and Museum. Thanks to the careful measures undertaken by our Partners and the strict following of sanitation and health guidelines, the destination remains open to visitors from across our state and beyond. The commitment to the safety of all visitors by the GMCVB and its Partners is further outlined in the Miami Shines Destination Pledge. Enjoy Miami, safely. Click here for more information.
Found in Miami
In celebration of 25 years, the indulgent @VeritageMiami is back and better than ever, featuring virtual and in-person opportunities! Don't miss this gourmet gathering that has raised over $13 million for @UnitedWayMiami. Help us #EatDrinkUnite at #VeritageMiami via the link in our bio.
We couldn't say goodbye to Women's History Month without showing love to all the women contributing to Greater Miami's rich culture. Thank you to the incredibly talented and passionate women who inspire us every single day! #WomanCrushWednesday
Connie Kinnard
Vice President, Muilticultural & Tourism Development
Petra Brennan
Director, Tourism Business Enhancement
Pam Payano
Senior Manager, Program Development
Herlinda Lombardi
Coordinator, Multicultural Tourism and Development
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